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If you believe the tell-all message boards on, the cluster of UMass dorms known as Southwest are . . . well, let’s do it Zagat-style. “Very lively.” An “Animal House-like scene.” “If you live on campus and are not a partier, stay away.”

So what’s Taylor Gugel, a dean’s list type who frequently gets up in the wee hours of the morning for ROTC drills, doing in one of these, ahem, lively dorms? Reveling in the peace and quiet, actually. Gugel lives on one of UMass’s two 24-hour “quiet floors.”

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